‘It was a disaster’ – How Enric Mas lost all confidence, then got it back

Enric Mas finished the 2022 season as the Vuelta a España runner-up behind Remco Evenepoel and the Lombardia runner-up behind Tadej Pogačar. Looking back on his 2018 breakthrough and his steady – if unspectacular – showings since, it felt like a coming-of-age, a sign that he could be on the cusp of the world’s very best in 2023.

But what made this late-season rise so extraordinary are the depths to which he plummeted during the summer.

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